Student Code of Conduct
Welcome To Luna Community College
LCC provides students an opportunity for learning and succeeding in the College through its academic offerings and student support services. LCC takes pride in its program offerings, state of the art facilities, excellent and caring faculty and staff. It is the student’s responsibility to take advantage of all the excellent opportunities that the college has to offer.
It is the student’s responsibility to become fully acquainted with all published regulations and policies of LCC. Students are responsible for complying with all regulations and policies of the College, the departments from which they take courses, and for fulfilling all certificate and degree requirements. Therefore, students are advised to familiarize themselves with the regulations of the College. These regulations are contained in this student handbook and the LCC Catalog, which is available for student reference at the ACCESS Center or at the Office of the Registrar as well as on the LCC website at luna.edu.
Students are responsible for complying with all regulations and policies of the college, regulations and policies of the departments from which they take courses, and for fulfilling all certificate and degree requirements. Therefore, students are advised to familiarize themselves with the regulations of the college. These regulations are contained in the LCC catalog as well.
Student Rights and Responsibilities
Student attendance is expected at all sessions of an enrolled course. Participation in chat sessions and/or posting to a discussion link may be considered attendance for online courses. Each instructor will establish specific attendance requirements for each course and will inform students of those requirements at the beginning of the semester. Any student who violates the established attendance requirements jeopardizes his or her good scholastic standing in the course.
Excessive tardiness is disruptive to the overall classroom environment. Students must be sensitive to the learning of fellow classmates. Excessive tardiness may jeopardize scholastic standing in enrolled courses.
Academic Dishonesty and Plagiarism
Students are responsible for achieving academic goals, course goals, objectives as prescribed by their instructors, and for demonstrating academic achievement in an honest manner. Luna Community College is committed to excellence in teaching and learning. We believe that students will pursue their studies with integrity and honesty. However, all students should know that incidents of academic dishonesty are taken very seriously.
It is important to a student’s academic success to understand what constitutes academic dishonesty at Luna Community College.
What is Academic Dishonesty?
The most common types of academic dishonesty are cheating and plagiarism.
- Cheating is the act of obtaining or attempting to obtain credit for academic work through the use of dishonest, deceptive, or fraudulent means
- Plagiarism is representing the work of someone else as one’s own, whether it was done deliberately or unwittingly, and submitting it for any purpose
The following list identifies some of the activities defined as academic dishonesty:
- Use of materials, notes, information, or study aids not permitted by the instructor during tests, quizzes, or other graded in-class activities
- Unauthorized possession of examinations, quizzes, or instructor records
- Obtaining information during an examination or obtaining an assignment from another individual and/or assisting others in cheating
- Unauthorized collaboration to include intentional sharing of information or working together on an academic exercise not approved by the instructor
- Alteration of grades on an examination, assignment, or records of an instructor or the college
Plagiarism means any use of another person’s work without proper acknowledgment. Academic dishonesty including cheating may result in immediate suspension from the College. Examples of plagiarism:
- Offering the ideas, words, sentences, or parts of another person’s writings without giving appropriate credit and representing the work as one’s own, including quotations or identical expressions of material from books, reference works, and encyclopedias
- Undocumented World Wide Web source usage
- Submitting a paper purchased from a research or term paper service, including the Internet
- Copyright infringement- unauthorized use of copyrighted material
- Purposely allowing another student to copy from one’s paper during a test
- Giving homework, term papers, assignments, or other academic work to another student to plagiarize
- Having another person submit any work in a student’s name
- Not being truthful with an instructor to improve a grade
- Altering graded work after it has been returned and re-submitting the work
Academic and/or administrative sanctions may be applied in cases of academic dishonesty.
Academic consequences may include:
- Receive a failing grade on the assignment, paper, quiz, or exam
- Have the final grade in the course lowered
- Receive a failing grade in the course
Administrative consequences may include:
- Academic probation
- Academic suspension
Students, when warranted by special circumstances, may petition for relief of academic hardship brought about as a result of an institutional academic regulation or requirement. A student filing an academic petition must clearly specify their request, provide supporting documentation and justification, and fully explain how the requirement or regulation would create a hardship. Academic petition forms are available and administered through the Vice-President of Student Support Services and Institutional Research. Petitions must be submitted in a timely manner.
Satisfactory Academic Progress
A grade of “C” or better is required in all program requirements in the student’s concentration of study. An “S” grade is also acceptable. However, in some cases a “D” grade is allowed for credit in some general education courses.
Students receiving financial assistance must also comply with the LCC Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy as described in the Student Financial Assistance section of the LCC Catalog.
A student is not making satisfactory progress whenever one or more of the following conditions occur:
- Having failed a course,
- Violation of probation, or
- Suspension for prohibited activities.
- Students performing below average or having excessive absences
Luna Community College prohibits the following acts:
- Criminal or delinquent acts
- Harassment of any kind
- Disruptive conduct.
- Refusal to identify self
- Refusal to cooperate with LCC personnel
- Violation of valid rules of student conduct established by the Board of LCC or by its administrators to whom the Board has delegated rule-making authority, if the student knew or should have known of the rule in question or that the conduct was prohibited.
- • Commission of any act which endangers the health or safety of students, personnel, or others for whose safety LCC is responsible, or for conduct which reasonably appears to threaten such dangers if not restrained, regardless of whether an established rule of conduct has been violated.
Appropriate disciplinary actions may be taken against students regardless of whether criminal charges are also filed in connection with an incident.
Definitions of Prohibited Activities
- “Criminal Acts” are defined as criminal under the New Mexico Criminal Code (Section 30-1-1 et seq., NMSA 1978), the Liquor Control Act (Section 60-3-1 et seq., NMSA 1978), and any applicable municipal or county criminal ordinances.
- “Delinquent Acts” are acts so defined in the New Mexico Children’s Code (Section 32-1-1 et.seq., NMSA 1978).
- “Disruptive Conduct” means willful conduct which:
- Materially and, in fact, disrupts or interferes with the operation or the orderly conduct of any LCC activity, including individual classes; or
- Leads a person or persons authorized by LCC to act officially in a matter involving LCC discipline or the maintenance of order reasonably to forecast that such disruption or interference is likely to occur unless preventative action is taken.
- Use of unauthorized electronic devices. Disruptive use of a cell phone, laptop, or any electronic device.
- “Refusal to identify self” means a person’s willful refusal, upon request from LCC personnel, known or identified as such to the person, to identify himself or herself accurately.
- “LCC personnel” means all administrators, members of the staff, faculty, board members, and security personnel employed by or affiliated with LCC. The term includes LCC bus drivers and their aides, and authorized agents of LCC such as volunteer teacher aides or chaperones whose responsibilities include supervision of students.
- “Refusal to cooperate with LCC personnel” means a student’s willful refusal to obey the lawful instructions or orders of LCC personnel whose responsibilities include supervision of students. This offense includes, but is not limited to:
- Refusing a directive to cease any conduct, which a supervisory person in charge of a class or other school activity has clearly identified to the student as a hindrance to that activity;
- Refusing a directive to cease disruptive conduct;
- Refusing or failing to leave a school facility or school-sponsored activity after being directed to do so by LCC personnel; and
- Refusing or failing to abide by restrictions on student privileges or other lawful conditions imposed by LCC personnel as disciplinary measures.
- “LCC” denotes Luna Community College and the campus of and any building, facility, vehicle, or other item of property owned, operated, controlled by, or in the possession of the College. For purposes of student discipline, the term also includes any non-school premises being used for LCC sponsored activities.
- “Student” means a person who is enrolled in one or more classes through LCC, inclusive of ABE and GED
The procedures in this section apply only to disciplinary violations relating to “prohibited activities” as defined in the regulations. They do not apply to disposition of academic questions, including violation of LCC’s attendance policy, unless they are specifically defined in the LCC Student Handbook.
Disciplinary procedures that apply to disciplinary violations relating to “Prohibited Activities: are addressed by the Vice President of Academics and Institutional Research, ACCESS Center, Security Office and appropriate state and local officials if necessary.
LCC has provisions for immediate removal under emergency conditions, provisions for Temporary Suspension and Long-term Suspension are located in the office of the Vice-President of Academics and Institutional Research.
Violation of Law and College Discipline
- College disciplinary proceedings may be instituted against a student charged with violation of a law which is also a violation of this Student Code, even if both violations result from the same factual situation, without regard to pending civil litigation in court or criminal arrest and prosecution. Proceedings under this Student Code may be carried out prior to, simultaneously with, or following civil or criminal proceeding off-campus.
- . When a student is charged by federal, state or local authorities with a violation of law, the College will not request or agree to special consideration for that individual because of his or her status as a student. If the alleged offense is also the subject of a proceeding before a judicial body under the Student Disciplinary Code, however, the College may advise off-campus authorities of the existence of the Student Code and of how such matters will be handled internally within the College community. The College will cooperate fully with law enforcement and other agencies in the enforcement of criminal law on campus and in the conditions imposed by criminal courts for the rehabilitation of student violators. Individual students and faculty members, acting in their personal capacities, remain free to interact with governmental representatives, as they deem appropriate.
- . Culpability is not diminished for acts in violation of this Code that are committed in ignorance of the Code or under influence of alcohol, illegal drugs, or improper use of controlled substances.
JUDICIAL PROCESS, SANCTIONS, AND CONSEQUENCES
A. Charges and Hearings
- Any member of the College community may file charges against any student, for misconduct. Charges shall be prepared in writing, along with recommended sanctions using Student Disciplinary Code guidelines, and directed to the ACCESS Center Director and the Human Resources Director. Any charge should be submitted as soon as possible after the event takes place, preferably within five (5) working days. Any and all Student Disciplinary Code infraction charges must be filed with the ACCESS Center.
- The ACCESS Center may conduct an investigation to determine if the charges have merit and/or if they can be disposed of administratively by mutual consent of the parties involved on a basis acceptable to the ACCESS Center and the Vice-President of Academics and Institutional Research. Such disposition shall be final, there shall be no subsequent proceedings, and agreed upon sanctions shall be immediately imposed. If the charges cannot be disposed of by mutual consent, the Vice-President of Academics and Institutional Research may later serve in the same matter as the judicial body or a member thereof.
- All charges shall be presented to the accused student in written form, with sanctions using the Student Disciplinary Code guidelines included. A time shall be set for a hearing, not less than five (5) nor more than fifteen (15) calendar days after the student has been notified. Maximum time limits for scheduling of hearings may be extended at the discretion of the Vice-President of Academics and Institutional Research.
Hearings shall be conducted by a committee according to the following guidelines:
Hearings normally shall be conducted in private.
- Admission of any person to the hearing shall be at the discretion of the committee and/or the Vice-President of Academics and Institutional Research.
- The committee shall choose a chairperson, and all proceedings may be recorded in written form, and retained in the Vice-President of Academics and Institutional Research’ office.
- In hearings involving more than one accused student, the chairperson of the committee, in his or her discretion, may permit the hearings concerning each student to be conducted separately.
- The complainant and the accused have the right to be assisted by any advisor they choose, at their own expense. The advisor may be an attorney. The complainant and/or the accused are responsible for presenting his or her own case and, therefore, advisors are not permitted to speak or to participate directly in any hearing before a committee.
- The complainant, the accused and the committee shall have the privilege of presenting witnesses, subject to the right of cross-examination by the committee. Pertinent records, exhibits and written statements may be accepted as evidence for consideration by a committee at the discretion of the chairperson. All procedural questions are subject to the final decision of the chairperson of the judicial body.
- After the hearing, the committee shall determine (by majority vote if the committee consists of more than one person) whether the student has violated each section of the Student Disciplinary Code which the student is charged with violating. The committee, within the Student Disciplinary Code guidelines, will recommend sanctions, not necessarily those recommended by the individual bringing the charges.
- The Vice-President of Student Support Services and Institutional Research will have the authority to impose sanctions (or to modify them as necessary) recommended by the committee.
- The committee’s determination shall be made on the basis of whether it is more likely than not that the accused student violated the Student Disciplinary Code.
There shall be a single summary record of the incident and its resolution. The record shall be the property of the College.
- Except in the case of a student charged with failing to obey the summons of a committee or College official, no student may be found to have violated the Student Disciplinary Code solely because the student failed to appear before a committee. In all cases, the evidence in support of the charges shall be presented and considered.
- The following sanctions may be imposed upon any student found to have violated the Student Disciplinary Code. Failure of a student to complete an imposed sanction will result in a hold being placed on the student’s grades, or the imposition of higher level sanctions i.e. fines, further loss of privileges, etc.:
- Warning: A notice in writing to the student that the student is violating or has violated institutional regulations.
- Probation: A written reprimand for violation of specified regulations. Probation is for a designated period of time and includes the probability of more severe disciplinary sanctions if the student is found to be violating any institutional regulation(s) during the probationary period.
- Loss of Privileges: Denial of specified privileges for a designated period of time.
- Attendance at educational/counseling sessions related to reason for disciplinary action, i.e. alcohol/drug abuse resistance education, anger management training, etc., at offenders own cost.
- Restitution: Compensation for loss, damage or injury. This may take the form of appropriate service and/or monetary or material replacement.
- Discretionary Sanctions: Work assignments, service to the College or other related discretionary assignments (such assignments must have the prior approval of the Vice-President of Academics and Institutional Research).
- College Suspension: Separation of the student from the College for a definite period of time, after which the student is eligible to return. Conditions for readmission may be specified.
- College Expulsion: Permanent separation of the student from the College.
- Restriction Order: Limits the student’s visitation privileges from certain areas on campus. This may be placed in conjunction with the State Police Department’s assistance.
- "More than one of the sanctions listed above may be imposed for any single violation.
- "Other than College expulsion, disciplinary sanctions shall not be made part of the student’s permanent academic record, but shall become part of the student’s confidential record. Upon graduation, the student’s confidential record may be expunged of disciplinary actions other than housing expulsion, College suspension or College expulsion, upon application to the Vice-President of Student Support Services and Institutional Research. Cases involving the imposition of sanctions other than housing expulsion, College suspension or College expulsion shall be expunged from the student’s confidential record three years after final disposition of the case.
- "The following sanctions may be imposed upon groups or organizations:
- a. Those sanctions listed above in Section B 1, a through e.
- b. Deactivation: Loss of all privileges, including College recognition, for a specified period of time.
- a. Those sanctions listed above in Section B 1, a through e.
- "In each case in which a committee determines that a student has violated the Student Disciplinary Code, the committee shall recommend the sanction(s), and the Vice-President of Student Support Services and Institutional Research will impose them. The Vice-President of Student Support Services and Institutional Research is not limited to sanctions recommended by members of the committee. Following the hearing, the committee and the Vice-President of Student Support Services and Institutional Research shall advise the accused in writing of its determination and of the sanction(s) imposed, if any.
C. Interim Suspension
In certain circumstances, the Vice-President of Academics and Institutional Research or a designee may impose a College suspension prior to the hearing before a committee.
Interim suspension may be imposed only: a) to ensure the safety and well-being of members of the College community or preservation of College property; b) to ensure the student’s own physical or emotional safety and well-being; or c) if the student poses a definite threat of disruption of or interference with the normal operations of the College. During the interim suspension, the suspended student(s) shall be denied access to the campus (including classes) and/or all other College activities or privileges for which the student might otherwise be eligible, as the Vice-President of Academics and. Institutional Research may determine to be appropriate. .
A decision reached by the committee or a sanction imposed by the Vice-President of Academics and Institutional Research may be appealed in accordance with the Student Grievance procedures. A copy of this process may be obtained from the office of the Vice-President of Academics and Institutional Research.
No Sanctuary Rule
LCC can meet its goals as an educational institution when the individuals working within its environment abide by its established procedures and regulations. Certain acts are inconsistent with the goals of LCC, as are the individuals who commit them. The College cannot serve as a sanctuary for those individuals accused and arrested for any of the following acts:
- Armed robbery;
- Assault with a deadly weapon;
- Aggravated assault; or,
- Any other criminal acts.
Student and Non-Student Conduct
Rules of Student and Non-Student conduct at LCC include all rules promulgated by the LCC Board of Trustees or Administrators to whom the Board has delegated authority.
The New Mexico Clean Indoor Act, (Section 24-16-1 through 24-16-11 NMSA 1978), prohibits the smoking of cigarettes, e-cigarettes, cigars, pipes or other smoking materials in any public building, facility, bus, or vehicle of LCC.
All students must participate in periodic fire drills by evacuating all buildings and facilities upon the appropriate signal or direction, moving a safe distance away from all buildings, and promptly returning to the appropriate building or facility when an “all clear” signal is given.
Traffic and Parking:
Students must obey all applicable state, municipal and county statutes and ordinances concerning motor vehicles. In addition, they must obey all posted speed limits, road markings, parking restrictions and traffic signs at LCC. LCC is not responsible for theft, damage or loss to vehicles or the contents thereof.
Students shall comply with reasonable dress requirements specified by administrators or individual faculty for professional appearance, safety and health in particular subject areas. Additionally, student dress shall not be immodest or distracting.
Animals other than guide dogs for the visually impaired are not permitted on any LCC campus, building, facility or vehicle.
Non-students shall not enter LCC without identifying themselves to school authorities and having and stating, a lawful purpose for entering. Non-students entering the LCC premises shall comply with all rules applicable to students and shall not engage in any prohibited activities.
Children on Campus:
Due to liability issues, it is not permissible for students to have their children accompany them to class. An adult must accompany all children on campus at all times.
Students are expected to turn off or switch to silent or vibration mode all electronic devices while attending class or in a lab. Such devices may include but are not limited to cellular telephones, laptops, and entertainment devices.
Solicitation and Sales:
Solicitation or sales by non-LCC groups are not allowed on campus without the written permission of the LCC president. Students or student organizations wishing to engage in fund-raising projects on or off campus must receive approval from their respective club sponsors and the ACCESS Center.
Posting of Signs:
Posting of signs or other materials must receive an “Approval for Posting” stamp from the LCC president. Approval postings may be posted on bulletin boards only. Posting of signs on walls, doors or permanent structures (buildings) are prohibited.